Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winery Bill Needs One More Push to Pass the Assembly

Right now you have an extraordinary opportunity to save the wineries of New Jersey from a catastrophic shutdown and, at the same time, make it easier for yourself to purchase our wine without traveling great distances.

In the next few days, members of the NJ Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee will decide whether to release a bill for the entire assembly to vote on whether our wineries can ship wine inside and outside the state. The bill, A4436, heads to the Assembly next month. We are hoping for a committee vote on Jan. 5 and a full Assembly vote on Jan. 9. Consequently, time is running short.

Below you will find the names and contact information for those assembly representatives critical to making sure the bill gets out of committee and onto the assembly floor for a vote. Failure to move the bill from committee into the assembly floor for a positive vote could shut down our industry, closing tasting rooms and sales of our wines. Approval will allow small wineries inside and outside the state to ship to you. A lot of us have worked very hard to establish our businesses and a reputation in New Jersey for making fine wines. We need our legislators in the NJ Assembly to understand this. You can help tremendously.

Please look at the following assembly representatives’ names and areas they represent and reach out to them today, knowing our success will be your success as well. Thank you.

- Ollie Tomasello, Chairman, Garden State Wine Growers Association

Chairman John Burzichelli (D-3)
(856) 251-9801

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20)
(908) 624-0880

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28)
(973) 450-0484

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-12)
(732) 866-1695

Assemblyman Vincent Polistina (R-2)
(609) 677-8266